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LANTANA montevidensis (SUNNY DAZE®)

Image of Lantana montevidensis 'Mongen' (SUNNY DAZE®) PP10891

Family

Verbenaceae

Botanical Name

LANTANA montevidensis 'Mongen'(SUNNY DAZE®) PP10891

Plant Common Name

Trailing Lantana

General Description

The gold-edged leaves of this compact selection of trailing lantana contrast beautifully with its lavender-purple, yellow-eyed flowers. A spreading, evergreen, tender perennial that blooms year round in frost-free climates, trailing lantana is grown as an annual or container plant in temperate zones. It is native to warm regions of South America and naturalized in many other parts of the world.

The small, gray-green, oval leaves of 'Mongen' have an irregular creamy-gold border. The leaves are rough and leathery with toothed edges. Crushed leaves release a strong, rather unpleasant fragrance. The small, tubular blooms are borne in rounded clusters. This relatively slow-growing cultivar gradually forms a 10-inch- (25-cm-) high, 4-foot- (120-cm-) wide mound.

This sun- and heat-loving perennial requires well-drained, moderately fertile soil. It withstands hard pruning and is quite drought tolerant and trouble free once established. Deadhead plants to increase bloom and prevent fruiting. In frost-free zones, trailing lantana makes an attractive, everblooming groundcover for sunny slopes or mixed borders. In areas with cold winters it works well as a bedding or container annual. It is perfect for draping from a hanging basket or wall.

This species is considered invasive in some tropical and subtropical areas. It may pose health risks; see http://www.caf.wvu.edu/~forage/library/poisonous/page10.htm .

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 4

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    South America, Argentina, Brazil, Southeastern Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Purple, Lavender

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Light Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Light Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Light Yellow

  • Bark Color

    Green, Tan

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Foundation, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No